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2011 Hyundai Sonata Injects Emotion and Superior Quality into Bland Segment

As reported by Hyundai

LOS ANGELES, - Hyundai today introduced its all-new 2011 Sonata at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This marks the North American debut of the latest version of the popular midsize sedan, introducing Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language and an all four-cylinder engine lineup to the U.S. market.

  •  All-new sixth generation Sonata midsize sedan
  •  Fluidic Sculpture design
  •  All four-cylinder engine lineup
  •  Launches with new Theta II 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission
  • oClass leading fuel economy of 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway*
  • oClass leading 198 horsepower standard* (200 horsepower on SE trim*)
  •  2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine and Hybrid Blue Drive models to debut by 2010 year-end
  •  Production begins at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in December with retail sales beginning in January
  •  XM Satellite Radio(TM), real-time XM NavTraffic, XM Data Services, HD Radio Technology(TM), Bluetooth®, Touch-screen navigation and iPod®/USB inputs
Sonata is the second vehicle in Hyundai's 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative (seven new models in the next 24 months) following on the heels of the all-new Tucson. Production of Sonata will begin later this month at Hyundai's U.S. plant in Alabama with retail sales beginning in January.

The 2011 Sonata represents a modern approach to the traditional midsize sedan segment by using only advanced four-cylinder engines, emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundai's strong value proposition.

The 2011 Sonata poses some intriguing questions:
  •  Why can't a smart, solid sedan also have modern, sleek, sophisticated style?
  •  Why pay so much to get a taste of luxury?
  •  Why can't an efficient four-cylinder engine give V6 power?